In a rural area of Virginia, a female hawk that had startled readers at the Library of Congress and captured the attention of the nation was set free Tuesday.
The Canadian hawk had been trapped inside the ornate reading room of the library. It apparently had been chasing a pigeon or other food in January when it got trapped in the library's cupola. It flew around the cupola with people below straining their necks to see.
After a few days of trying, the hawk was captured without being harmed.
Moore released the bird on Tuesday at the Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane. She said the hawk was "ready to go." It had eaten well in captivity and regained the weight it had lost.
Moore walked out into a partially wooded area Tuesday morning, carefully took the hawk from its cage and then gingerly let it go. The hawk was gone in seconds, up in the trees and, presumably, ready to search for its own food.
"But hopefully, not back in Washington, D.C.," Moore said.
The Raptor Conservancy is a nonprofit mostly run by volunteers.